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    Updated on Oct 8, 2019. Posted on Oct 7, 2019

    Helena Bonham Carter Made Sure She Got Princess Margaret's Approval From Beyond The Grave For "The Crown"

    Princess Margaret apparently had two major demands.

    As you may have seen, Helena Bonham Carter is playing Princess Margaret in the upcoming third season of The Crown.

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    After Helena got the role, she fully committed — so much so that she hired a psychic medium to make sure she had Princess Margaret's approval from beyond the grave before moving forward.

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    Helena dropped this tidbit while talking about her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister while at the Cheltenham literature festival — and shared that Princess Margaret was very pleased with the cast of The Crown.

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    “She said, apparently, she was glad it was me," Helena told the crowd, per The Guardian. "My main thing when you play someone who is real, you kind of want their blessing because you have a responsibility."

    “So I asked her: ‘Are you OK with me playing you?’ and she said: ‘You’re better than the other actress’ … that they were thinking of," Helena shared. "They will not admit who it was. It was me and somebody else."

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    “That made me think maybe she is here, because that is a classic Margaret thing to say," Helena added. "She was really good at complimenting you and putting you down at the same time."

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    Apparently Princess Margaret had two major demands, per Helena: “Then she said: ‘But you’re going to have to brush up and be more groomed and neater.’ Then she said: ‘Get the smoking right. I smoked in a very particular way.'"

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    "'Remember that – this is a big note – the cigarette holder was as much a weapon for expression as it was for smoking.’”

    Judging by an early promo picture, Princess Margaret would be proud.

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